RED CLAWS ACQUIRE CRAIG WINDER
FROM RIO GRANDE VALLEY

Maine Sends 6th Round Pick in 2011 Draft to Legends as Part of Three-Way Deal

PORTLAND, ME  (03/04/11) - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired guard Craig Winder from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as part of a three-team deal. Rio Grande Valley will receive guard Kelvin Lewis from the Texas Legends who will receive Maine’s sixth round pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. The NBA Development League trade deadline is today at 5 PM.

Winder, 26, spent three seasons with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers before joining the Adelaide 36ers (Australia-NBL) in 2010-11 where he averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in eight games. The well-travelled Texas grad also spent time with teams in Syria and Qatar last season.

 A starter is his three seasons with the Vipers, Winder averaged 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 steals in 37 games with the team last year. He banked-in a three-pointer at the buzzer of Game 2 of the NBA Development League Finals to give the Vipers their first championship.

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RED CLAWS TRADE TINY GALLON TO
BAKERSFIELD FOR 2011 DRAFT PICK

Maine Opens Up Roster Space Prior to Trade Deadline in Anticipation of Return of Stephane Lasme

PORTLAND, ME (03/03/11)- The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired a second round pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft in exchange for rookie forward Tiny Gallon. The deal comes one day before the NBA Development League trade deadline.

“With the probable return of Stephane Lasme from injury next week, we felt Tiny deserved to go to a team that could provide more playing time,” said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. “We wish him the best of luck going forward.”

Lasme suffered a stress fracture in his foot requiring surgery during the team’s lone preseason game in November. A product of the University of Massachusetts, Lasme was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, ranking first in the league in blocks and rebounding and second in field goal percentage. He joined the Red Claws as an Affiliated Player after attending the Boston Celtics 2010 training camp.

“Losing Stephane Lasme prior to the season was a blow to the team,” Jennings said. “That he is able to return to the court this season is a testament to his hard work and dedication to his rehab following surgery. We are excited at the prospect of seeing him in a Red Claws uniform again soon.”